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'Bill of Rights' for Artificial Intelligence unveiled by White House

On Tuesday, the Biden administration released guidelines for protecting people's personal information and limiting surveillance, aiming to avert harm caused by the rise of artificial intelligence.

In an AI-fueled world, officials said, the US government should safeguard civil and digital rights by establishing a blueprint for a Bill of Rights that does not specify enforcement actions.

“This is the Biden-Harris administration really saying that we need to work together, not only just across government, but across all sectors, to really put equity at the center and civil rights at the center of the ways that we make and use and govern technologies,” said Alondra Nelson, deputy director for science and society at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “We can and should expect better and demand better from our technologies.”

It also noted the commitment of federal agencies to weigh new rules and study the specific impacts of AI technologies in the white paper as a major advance in the administration's agenda to hold technology companies accountable.

In addition to feedback from civil society groups, technologists, industry researchers, and tech companies, such as Palantir and Microsoft, the document was shaped over the past year after extensive consultation with over two dozen departments.

5 October 2022


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